Dec 13, 2012 5:30pm PST
fire from political opponents in washington today said enough. susan rice, the ambassador to the u.n., so embattled over the tragedy in benghazi, said she will not go through a bruising nomination fight to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. so, what happened behind closed doors? why now? and whom will the president pick to represent america on the world stage? abc's senior white house correspondent jake tapper has all the details right now. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration to be secretary of state after weeks of bruising political battles and a cacophony of criticism. in a letter to the president today, u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice wrote, "the position of secretary of state should never be politicized. i am saddened that we have reached this point even before you have decided whom to nominate." and she shared the news on nbc. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive, because there are so many th
Dec 19, 2012 5:30pm PST
. security in benghazi, it said, was "grossly inadequate," "was not a high priority" in washington where "repeated requests" for more security went unheeded. >> frankly, the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, it needed. >> reporter: and today, three state department officials paid the price. resigning under pressure, eric boswell, assistant secretary for diplomatic security. his deputy, charlene lamb, responsible for embassy security. and an official from near east affairs. secretary hillary clinton responded to the report by adopting every one of the 29 recommendations, including more marine guards and asking for more than a billion dollars to increase security worldwide. but that has not silenced her critics. clinton is recovering from a serious concussion, after she fainted from the effects of a stomach virus. she cancelled her scheduled testimony about the report tomorrow, but a former u.n. ambassador is implying she is faking it. >> when you don't want to go to a meeting or conference or event, you have a diplomatic illness.